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Blue Jays release a pair
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Blue Jays released pitcher Frank Francisco and catcher Hector Gimenez. Both are on the wrong side of 30 and were struggling in the minors.

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Rookie Christian Vasquez off to fast start
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Red Sox rookie catcher Christian Vasquez went 2 for 4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 11-0 win over the Astros. Vasquez is 5 for 11 with five RBI and three runs scored in three games since being called up a few days ago.

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Noah Syndergaard still has hopes of a 2014 MLB debut
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

It has not been a banner year for Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who many projected would be in the majors by now and potentially a major contributor to the Mets' rotation.

Alas, Syndergaard continues to toil in the minors, leaving doubt about a 2014 promotion to the majors. Still, Syndergaard has his mind set on getting the call this season.

"I'm still 21 years old. I still got time,'' Syndergaard said Sunday while attending the Futures Game, per Newsday. "There's really no rush. I'm just hoping I can get up there pretty quickly, contribute to some wins and hopefully a playoff push.''

Syndergaard is 7-4 with a 5.31 ERA in 16 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, but he is coming off one of his best starts, allowing one run and striking out eight in seven innings.

Syndergaard said the last time out showed his progression as a pro and his ability to adapt to advanced hitters. Catcher Kevin Plawecki, who recently joined the roster at Las Vegas, attributed the strong performance to Syndergaard relying on his best pitch.

"You got a guy throwing 98 to 100, I don't know why you wouldn't want to throw it more,'' Plawecki said. "We utilized his fastball a whole lot more in his last start. I think that showed him where he's going to make his bread-and-butter.''

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Angels showing interest in a pair of Padres players
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

After watching AL West rival Oakland acquire Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs, the Angels are hoping to make some moves of their own leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Two players on the team's radar are Padres closer Huston Street and starting pitcher Ian Kennedy, major-league sources told FOX Sports.

The Angels and Padres have discussed a trade for Street, but their talks have yet to progress to Kennedy. Though, a deal including both players might be difficult because Street and Kennedy are under team control through 2015.

The sources added the Padres are "lukewarm" about trading Kennedy.

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Albert Pujols riding a hot bat
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols entered the All-Star break on a five-game hitting streak in which he's 10 for 21. Pujols went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's 10-7 win over the Rangers, upping his average to .279/.325/.491.

Pujols 20 homers, 64 RBI, 58 runs scored and 19 doubles at the break.

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Anthony Rendon register three hits in win over Phillies
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon registered three hits in his team's 10-3 win over the Phillies in Philadelphia.

Rendon singled in the first and sixth innings, respectively. He doubled in a run in the ninth inning and finished 3 for 5 with three runs scored and one RBI. He enters the All-Star break with a .287/.343/.490 with 13 homers and 53 RBI in 359 at-bats.

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Chris Davis goes deep
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis ripped a two-run homer in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Yankees, giving him 15 homers and 48 RBI at the All-Star break. Davis went 1 for 2 with a walk in the rain-shortened game and has six RBI over his last six games.

He's hitting .199/.309/.391 in 281 at-bats.

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Eduardo Escobar records three hits, plates two runs in win over Rockies
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar cranked out three hits in his team's win over the Rockies in Colorado on Sunday.

Escobar doubled in two runs in the opening frame and added two singled. He finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI in a 13-5 victory. It was his third three-hit game of the season and his first since June 6. He enters the break with a .271/.313/.404 slash line with three homers and 21 RBI in 255 at-bats.

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Trevor Plouffe posts another three-hit game Sunday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe posted his second three-hit game since returning from the disabled list, in a 13-5 win over the Rockies in Colorado on Sunday.

Plouffe doubled in the opening frame, tripled in the fifth and recorded a single in the seventh inning. He fell a home run shy of a cycle and finished 3 for 5 with three runs scored. He owns a .245/.317/.409 slash line with six homers and 42 RBI in 298 at-bats.

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Nolan Arenado doubles twice among three hits
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado doubled twice in Sunday's 3-for-4 performance with an RBI against the Angels. Arenado has 19 doubles and 30 RBI heading into the All-Star break.

He's hitting .289/.314/.461 in 228 at-bats.

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